Harvey, who was born in Nebraska on July 20, 1926, served in the U.S. Army during World War II as a clerk-typist, and after the war went to work for radio stations as a reporter, sports broadcaster, disc jockey, program director and news director in his home state, Michigan, and Chicago, before landing at KNX in 1966.
As a broadcaster, he earned a strong reputation for his fast and accurate reporting on stories large and small. When KNX was looking to open an Orange County bureau in 1973 they picked Harvey, partly because he lived there, and he opened its first bureau in the basement of the old county courthouse in Santa Ana.
“Boyd Harvey is one of the guys, part of the team that made me want to join this outfit nearly 30 years ago,” said then-KNX news director Bob Sims in an Orange County Register profile of Harvey when he retired in 1996. “In addition to having very good news judgment, he knows how to tell a story. He’s sometimes difficult to work with behind the scenes, but it makes it worthwhile when you hear him on the air.”